Isn’t it a good feeling to give your last payment to your creditor? Now you are finally debt free. Does that mean you can stop restricting yourself? Maybe. It really depends on the status of your finances after the last debt payment had been made.
After your debt relief program, it is very tempting to go out and celebrate. You want to reward yourself by buying the things that you deprived yourself while allotting your money for your credit obligations. While you deserve to celebrate, you need to remember that you cannot go back to your old excessive life. Obviously, there was something wrong with that lifestyle - that is why you had so much debt to your name.
So what should you do after your debt relief program? Easy, you continue with your budget and you should seriously look into saving your money. Instead of splurging and cutting yourself some slack, you have to wise up and put a significant amount of your money into your savings. If that means continuing to live frugally, then that is what you have to live with - at least for a little while longer.
Your savings will help you achieve financial security. You want to make sure that your future will never have to deal with unnecessary debt again. You want to be able to enjoy your life in the future - especially after retirement. If that means you have to skip the romantic dinner in a fancy restaurant for one that you can do at home, then that is what you should do. If that means brown bagging your dinner leftovers to work the next day, then by all means, do that to save more money.
Debt freedom is great but you have to know that the real peace of mind comes with financial security. It is a much better life to lead. Knowing that any financial crisis can occur and you will still be okay is enough to give you a stress free life.
Not only that, saving will help you reach a lot of financial goals. For instance, if you plan on buying a home, you can save up for the down payment so you do not have to apply for a big mortgage. A smaller mortgage means you can pay off the debt faster and you don’t have to worry about too much interest amount.
Another financial goal that you can finance through your savings is your retirement plan. You want to start saving up for your twilight years so you can live comfortably and lead a lifestyle that you have chosen for yourself. Make sure that you think about how much you need to retire and start putting aside money for it. The earlier you start, the better it will be for you.
Other financial goals include your child’s college fund or the capital for the business that you have always wanted to have. A lot financial dreams can be achieved if you only have the finances to fund them. Well now that you are debt free, you can start working on your other life goals.